It is customary for the geek lair to contain lots of computers, disassembled electronics, and other gadgets which have long since lived out their usefulness. Although the geek lair –a nerds equivalent to the all powerful bat-cave– is quite interesting to bear witness to, it often lacks worthy lighting which is replaced by boring light bulbs and florescent eye sores.
Most of the things mentioned hereafter will only send you into a downward spiral when courting the opposite sex. However your office, bedroom, dungeon, or hidden underground chamber with multiple levels of security, will look awesome.
The Tron Cube requires a steady hand and some DIY skills, but is simple enough for even the most klutzy and uncoordinated of geeks. The cube is made of clear plex with a color changing LED bulb and a carefully cut adhesive material on the inside.
$10 Cloud Lamp
With most of a geek’s salary being put towards the latest in tech, a cheap lighting alternative with cool results might just do the trick without leaving a hole in your wallet. The setup is incredibly simple and is made within minutes using a few household items. Although the actual lamp doesn’t look too cool sitting on a white PVC base, a quick trip to your local flea market should have it looking spiffy in no time.
If you prefer the mad scientist/industrial revolution look over the more chic alternatives, a lamp made of copper tubing and cool light bulbs might be your cup of tea. The best thing about do-it-yourself projects such as these is the fact that you can always add your own flavor to whatever you’re making. A few extra pipes, knobs, and maybe an oil pressure gauge would make this look like it’s right out of Frankenstein.
For those who wish to rid themselves of the extra weight in their wallet, Philips has created an egg-shaped device which can be pointed at a wall for the perfect ambient lighting. The Living Color Egg is controlled via a wireless remote which conveniently indicates every available color and allows you to change the saturation and intensity of the light. Smooth color transitions and soft hues will definitely bring the romance back into your cave.
Made from an actual grenade, the lamp burns for 24 hours on one refill and provides yet another thing to worry about when leaving the house. Still, it makes for good conversation before your date leaves after realizing that your entire DVD collection consists of Battle Star Galactica and Star Trek.
The Wet Lamp is a little out of the ordinary as far as lighting goes, but the eerie refraction of light through the water will always hold a place in our hearts. It’s a little on the expensive side but you turn it on by dipping a silver rod into the water! This might make for an excellent accessory, while at the same time endangering every piece of work and technology on your desk. How quaint.